Dr Sim: Appropriate to adjust sitting allowance of elected reps over time

Dr Sim speaking to reporters at the Batu Kawa Health Clinic today (May 27, 2022).

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By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, May 27: It is appropriate to adjust the sitting allowance for elected members attending Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sittings over a period of time, opined Deputy Premier of Sarawak Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Dr Sim said there had not been any adjustments to the DUN sitting allowance of RM50 per day since 1980.

“Perhaps every term, they should re-look at the appropriateness,” he said when asked by reporters during his visit to Batu Kawah Health Clinic today.

Yesterday (May 26), Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg agreed in principle to increase the sitting allowance for the elected members attending DUN sittings.

Dr Sim (right) administering the booster shot to a media practitioner during his visit to Batu Kawa Health Clinic.

When asked for his opinion on how much to increase the allowance, Dr Sim said it is up to the DUN committee.

He also said that there must be a time frame for the adjustment.

“Maybe the allowance can be adjusted every five years. It cannot be like the current one, which has been in effect since the 1980s,” he added. — DayakDaily